Former Washington Redskins great Joe Theismann has come out and made it clear that he doesn’t have a problem with the name “Redskins,” unlike a lot of people who claim it’s racist.
“I was very proud to play for the Washington Redskins, and I did it to honor native people in that regard,” Theismann said, via FOXSports.com. “I think sometimes people perceive words in their own particular way. What happens, what Mr. Snyder decides to do is totally up to him. I can just tell you that when I put that uniform on, and I put that helmet on with the Redskin logo on it, I felt like I was representing more than the Washington Redskins. I was representing the great Native American nations that exist in this country.”
Theismann had an interesting story to tell.
“I can tell you that when I was at the children’s hospital this morning, there was a young Native American boy there with his parents,” Theismann said. “His grandmother wanted a picture with me, and his father took the picture. And as I shook his hand the father said to me ‘You’re a Redskin,’ and he said it in a very complimentary way, which was very humbling to me.”